May 2015 Vets Newsletter

4th May 2015 Competition
This was scheduled to be the day of our Vets Championship however due to the very wet weather immediately prior to the day, the course was extremely heavy and the course superintendent recommended that no carts be used on the day. Many players had withdrawn prior to Monday and we considered that if the weather was better, they would have competed in the Championship. For this reason it was decided to defer the event to next month when the weather will hopefully be more amenable to the members in general.

Even though conditions were very ordinary we still had 44 starters and the early indications were that the scores were likely to be ordinary as well. There were reports of drives right down the centre of the fairway just disappearing as a result of the wet conditions, so when Tony Rodriguez came in with 36 points we all thought that was going to be the winning score. But as Tony remarked “Rip is still out there”. As it turned out Tony’s fears were realised when Steve eventually finished.

Rip had “ripped” up the course with an amazing 42 points playing off his +2 handicap. On checking Steve’s scorecard he carded 10 birdies and one bogey with a total of 20 putts (including a three putt on the 3rd) during the round for a scratch score of 58 (Note for myself – “give Steve the benefit of my own putting prowess about how to nail those troublesome 10 footers on the 3rd!”). An absolutely amazing round! The rest of the winners were:

1st S Rippon 42 Pts
2nd Tony Rodriguez 36 Pts
3rd Peter Waterman 34 Pts (RV)
4th Mal Garratt 33 Pts (c/b)

NTP 3rd Tony Rodriguez 750 cms
NTP 9th Not won
NTP 11th Al Thomas 1120 cms
D&P 8th Pat Paris 74 cms
Supershot 7th John Pringle 170 cms
Balls to 31 Pts

21st April 2015 Competition
The course was starting to dry out and the scores reflected the better course conditions. The day was won by the ever consistent Tony Rodriguez on a countback from his partner on the day Mick Farmilo. We had 29 starters today which was a little down on numbers due to a clash with the Trevor Bell Shield and the Week of Golf event at Port Kembla. The winners on the day were:

1st Tony Rodriguez 38 Pts (c/b)
2nd Tony Farmilo 38 Pts (c/b)
3rd R Garner 38 Pts (RV)

NTP 3rd Ken Bradley 291 cms
NTP 9th John Ellsmore 210 cms
NTP 11th Tony Rodriguez 26 cms
D&P 8th M Smith 400 cms (RV)
Supershot 7th Stuart Irvine 34 cms
Balls to 36 Pts

The NSWVGA has agreed to provide a Medal for both Men & Women to the Illawarra VGA Group 3 and for this year only, 2 X $50 vouchers will be supplied by the NSWVGA. Two Runner-up prizes of $25.00 will also be provided by the IVGA.

The qualifying round will be played at Jamberoo on Monday 5th October 2015, our regular Vets day. Only Jamberoo members are entitled to participate in this event and it will be run in conjunction with an individual Stableford. The event is open to both men and women and the top three placegetters for both men and women on the day will be eligible to play off for the Medal. Other placegetters names will be recorded in case the qualifiers are unavailable for the playoff. To be eligible, both Men & Women MUST BE FINANCIAL MEMBERS OF THE NSWVGA.

The playoff will be held at Shoalhaven Heads on Monday 9th November 2015, tee off between 8.00 to 8.45am, green fees $16.00, carts $30.00 ($15.00 shared).

Trevor Bell Shield
The first round of our title defence was held at Kiama on Monday 18th May in good conditions and it was the Kiama boys who took the day at their home course with 204 points followed by The Grange with 192 and Wollongong with 184 points. Jamberoo are sitting in 5th position on 169 points. Our best scores on the day was from our captain Ray Orr with 31 points and Geoff Reynolds with 30 points.

Obviously not the best start to the competition but if memory serves me correctly, we had a similar start at Kiama last year but we kept chipping away (sorry about that) at the lead and in the end we ran out comfortable winners by about 25 points. So the fightback starts at the Links on Monday 22nd June.

At a recent meeting of the IVGA it was decided to play the game that was rained out from The Grange in April in the vacant month of July and the rescheduled date at The Grange is Monday 6th July. The nomination form for The Links should be on the notice board by this Saturday.

Chris Goodwin
Sec./Treas. Jamberoo Vets


April 2015 Vets Newsletter

14th April 2015 Competition
Due to the Easter break, the Vets day was pushed back a week to the 14th April. A number of our Vets have been away on their annual pilgrimage to Wellington and I have been told that our own Kenny Dickson cleaned up in the men’s comp and Betty Dillon from Nowra won the ladies. As a result of some of our members being away, combined with the Easter weekend, the numbers for today’s comp were down to 45 and the winners were:
1st A Christoforo (The Grange) 37 Pts (c/b)
2nd Brian Goodhew 37 Pts (c/b)
3rd Toby Bartle 37 Pts
4th Lewis Fuller 36 Pts (c/b)

NTP 3rd Not won
NTP 9th John Ellsmore 143 cms
NTP 11th George Evans 306 cms
D&P 8th Warren Joannou (Links) 115 cms
Supershot 7th Lance Fredericks 248 cms
Balls to 32 Pts

21st April 2015 Competition
Play was cancelled due to heavy rain.

Mollymook trip 11th May 2015
If anyone is interested in travelling to Mollymook for our annual clash on Monday 11th May, can you please put your name on the list in the starters shed.

Lake Macquarie Classic
This tournament is to be held at the Toronto Country Club from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2015. The nomination form will be in the Vets folder in the Golfers Lounge area.

Gerringong Golf Club
This is a reminder that Gerringong holds its Vet days for both men and ladies on the second Monday of every month as well as the 5th Tuesday when this occurs.

Trevor Bell Shield
The good news is that we are still the leading club, but we are still tied with everyone else. The day was scheduled to be played on Monday 21st April at The Grange but due to flooding on the front nine, the day’s competition was abandoned. There is a possibility that the round might be rescheduled to the vacant month of July, and this will be decided during the next meeting of the Illawarra Veteran Golfers Association.

Next month’s competition will be at Kiama on Monday 18th May 2015. The nomination sheet is on the board outside the starters shed. If anyone is interested in playing in the team, can you please put your name on the list because it is important to have reserves that we can call on from time to time. The shield has finally been mounted in the golfer’s lounge beneath the “results” screen in the golfer’s lounge.

Chris Goodwin
Sec./Treas. Jamberoo Vets

2015 Jamberoo Mixed Open Entries Open



SUNDAY 24th May 2015

18 Holes – Canadian Foursomes

Entry Fee $30.00 per couple

Vouchers to the value of $300 of to be awarded.


The Timesheet is available in the golf shop for interested players.


Entries Close 3 pm, 19th May 2015

No player may win more than one major trophy.

Gross and Nett winners, nearest the pin – ladies and gents.

In the event of a tie the Australian Count-Back system will be used to decide the winner. The Club’s Match Committee will control the competition and its decisions shall be final.

News from the Course: 12 April 2015

AS you may have read a new course record was achieved by Steve Rippon in the March Monthly Medal.  Steve fired a super round of 62 to break the old record of 65 by three. Steve followed this with an incredible 58 off the stick on the 25th of March to record 44 points in the Wednesday comp off his +1 handicap. This round included a three putt bogie on his nemesis hole, the 11th. Can he go lower?

A successful Mens Pennant season has finished with all 3 teams qualifying for the semi-finals and the White Horse Cup team winning the Pennant.  Members can see the Pennant proudly on display in the Golf Shop.

To win a Pennant it takes a whole club effort from the buying of team shirts and golf balls, organizing food and beverages for visiting teams, to the support of the dedicated team members by the rest of the club. Clearly members participating in the various club match play events also give our players great experience at matchplay. Congratulations to the players in all three teams.

Team members from the winning White Horse Cup side got together for a BBQ at the club and a chance to take a photo of the complete team with the championship pennant on Sunday April 12.
Team members from the winning White Horse Cup side got together for a BBQ at the club and a chance to take a photo of the complete team with the championship pennant on Sunday April 12.

Congratulations to the organisers of the recent charity golf days held at the club. The White Duck Prostate Cup and the Pink Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Days were well supported and raised quite a deal of money for these worthwhile charities.

Unfortunately the Keno Mixed Fourball event was not well supported with only one pair nominating to play. Congratulations none-the-less goes to Lance and Robyn who will now represent the club at the next stage.

Feedback from members on the new 4 grade setup for Saturday and Wednesday competitions has been very positive and the Match Committee proposes to keep it running. There may be some minor tweaks to the handicap cut-off points in the coming months but members will be given plenty of notice if this eventuates.

Finally, the lateral water hazard (red markers) near the 7th green has been changed into a water hazard (yellow markers).  This action has been taken as it was noted that some members were inadvertently taking drops on the green side of the hazard but closer to the hole in contravention of the rules of golf. If your ball enters the hazard in this region you must proceed under rule 26.1.

The player may under penalty of one stroke:

  1. proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or
  2. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped;

Dave Ransom